Google60: What If Google Existed in 1960s?



Yes, that’s big question raised Google60, a new web project and installation which recreates the search engine as a punch cards and typewriter invention from the past, and the future, at once.

Google60 is the latest creation from designer and developer Norbert Landsteiner, who earlier this year released Google BBS — a project that allowed users to conduct Google searches from within a 1980s bulletin board-style interface.

It’s a remarkable little tool. Type in your search on punch cards and watch as the typewriter labouriously prints out the answer.

The project uses actual sounds from an IBM 129 keypunch and Teletype Model ASR 33, while paying homage to the classic IBM system 360 mainframe in the image above.


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